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Video marketing is a great way of generating revenue for your business, no matter how big or small. The best explainer videos have experienced professionals who can write a converting script, create superior quality animation and add in the relevant voice overs. One of the best things about explainer videos is that they can be afforded even by the small businesses.  Most common explainer videos In the United States, studies show that 98% of businesses are small and have less than 100 employees. These companies are imperative to the success of the country’s economy. Small companies can benefit greatly from explainer videos and can grow their revenue.  ...
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Project Delivery Symposium 2020 speakers            James Brogan, AIA principal/CIO, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC (KPF) James is principal/CIO with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), responsible for the digital strategy in KPF’s 9 global offices. This oversight includes digital practice technologies—advanced parametric modeling and BIM, 3D printing and fabrication, immersive visualization technologies, information strategies, data visualization and analytics, global I+O strategies, and the KPF intranet.   Michael Brotherton, AIA president, SITU Michael is an architect and design specialist with expertise in digital ...
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In September 2019, the AIA formally adopted the COTE measures as the AIA Framework for Design Excellence. In past posts, we have explored Measure 1: Design for Integration and Measure 2: Design for Equitable Community.     The AIA Framework for Design Excellence is written as a set of 10 measures. These are very different from design guidelines (such as those that track to sustainability rating systems); they are a construct for open dialogue that leads to a deeply integrated design solution. Each measure includes questions to inspire inquiry and encourage teams to address concepts of culture and place. The language is accessible; ...
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Billie Faircloth, AIA, is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm known for design, research, and environmental commitment. As the firm’s Research Director, Faircloth leads a group of transdisciplinary professionals. She encourages collaboration between disciplines and industries and is driven by pursuit of the question: “Why do we build the way that we do?” That’s a question that keeps many of us awake at night, especially as the realities and the timeline of the climate change crisis have become clearer in recent years. Faircloth notes that she and KieranTimberlake have always been supporters of COTE and the AIA’s role in the ...
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We’ve been asking firms about how they use the Framework for Design Excellence  (formerly the COTE Toolkit) in their practices -- in project work, client conversations, training, awards submittals, storytelling, and in other ways. We profiled the efforts of Lassell Architecture, Opsis, and NBBJ in late 2019; you can find that piece here . Here’s our latest snapshot about how one firm is doing this: Hastings Architecture | 80 people | Nashville, TN   Erica We eks, AIA, LEED BD+C, is Director of Sustainability for Hastings Architecture, whose team of 80 is under one roof in Nashville, Tennessee. Since summer of 2018, she says, Hastings “has ...
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In response to the overwhelming support by members and the ratification of Resolution 19-11 for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action by the AIA Board in September, the AIA has embarked on creating a Climate Action Plan for the AIA and the profession. This document will clearly outline AIA’s commitment to prioritize and support urgent climate action, and will serve as a roadmap for AIA’s work in addressing the climate crisis.  Building upon the AIA value statement, Where We Stand: Climate Crisis , this Action Plan will articulate specific goals, strategies and activities as well as timeframes for implementation in order to achieve a future built environment ...
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Those are the words of historian and activist Rebecca Solnit. She was writing about another activist---young Greta Thunberg of Sweden—the teenage girl who has focused the world’s eyes on climate change.  Member Activism:  The Committee on the Environment has led the AIA’s sustainability efforts for 30 years and continues to charge ahead to lead what is happening. Thank you for your dedication, expertise, and action.    Environmental Stewardship Commitment from AIA:  In 2018, Carl Elefante took the pivotal step in naming climate change a priority – and pressed the full weight of AIA leadership into action. Bill Bates and the 2019 board ...
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Happy 2020, COTE members! The New Year is always a time of transition and evolution. It brings an opportunity for renewal, fresh perspective, and exploration of new strengths and expertise. We are honored to have four new members joining the national Advisory Group (AG) this year: Billie Faircloth , AIA; Kira Gould , Allied AIA; Julie Snow , FAIA; and Billie Tsien , AIA. This newsletter includes a profile about Faircloth ; the other new members will be profiled in the next issues.  Most AG members serve a three-year term. A heartfelt thank you for the thought leadership, time, and energy all of our volunteer AG commits. We will ...
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Letter from the HCD KC Happy new year! The HC DKC had a busy year in 2019! We were thrilled to celebrate and collaborate with housing and community development leaders nationally through our programs and educational opportunities throughout the year. We would like to thank our outstanding HCD KC Advisory Group and AIA staff for making these programs possible! Highlights include the sixteen projects showcased this year through the AIA Housing Awards and AIA/HUD Secretary’s Awards programs and celebratory reception at A’19 as well as the year of monthly webinars featuring outstanding leaders in the field.   Toward the end of the year, we worked with AIA ...
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The story of Luca Prata and WhyInn Group  Setting up an entrepreneurial activity within an environment requires a careful study of the territory in which you choose to establish yourself, in order to understand its characteristics and be able to integrate better with existing realities. As did, for example, Mr. Luca Prata. He is a young Italian entrepreneur, operating in the digital arts field with his own company LANGA. As he was determined not to target just one single area, he focused strongly on finding the right collaborations for the enhancement of the territory.  What arose from this idea is WhyInn Group, whose CEO is Ms. Gallo Carla. It is ...
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Documenting construction meeting minutes By Yu-Ngok Lo, AIA Those of us who have been in weekly construction meetings (also known as owner, architect, contractor (OAC) meetings) are no strangers to construction meeting minutes. These minutes are essential, administratively and legally. Even if we have super-human memories (and most likely we don’t), minutes are necessary to document what was discussed in construction meetings, because all the attendees will have different memories of what happened. Meeting minutes record for posterity what of importance happened and what was decided at the meeting. Meeting minutes also keep track of items that require ...
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Internet of Things is now the hottest and trending technologies in the age of digital transformation, connecting everything to the internet world. It is the fundamental technology behind smart homes, smart cities, smart utility meters, and self-driving cars. It has completely altered our lives as we are now able to interact with other people wherever and whenever we want. IoT has become increasingly arisen in our everyday lives. The number of IoT devices is continuously increasing over the previous years. Recent statistics show that by 2020, more than 25 billion IoT devices will be active and connected to the internet. Also, by 2025 there will be 75 billion ...
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  UWM Department of Architecture One-Year Fellowship  The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning (SARUP) offers one-year fellowships in the areas of design instruction and architectural research. The fellowships are geared toward focusing and expanding design research, energizing the architectural curriculum with current discourse, as well as confirming an academic career path for candidates in the formative stage of their professional lives. Innovative and emerging designers, architecture practitioners, and scholars are encouraged to conduct design research and to participate in the SARUP community through ...
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Telephone interpreting is basically connecting two people who do not speak a common language, through an interpreter, so they are able to better communicate. A telephone interpreting service provides three-way communication through an interpreter who understands and speaks both languages. This type of requirement may arise in several situations, both commercial and non-commercial. With business going global in most of the countries, the clients and customers are not restricted to the host country. Similarly, unlike earlier times it has become important for countries to maintain good diplomatic relations, whether they share a boundary with a country or ...
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Dear Colleagues, The Project Delivery Knowledge Community (PDKC) leadership committee is currently interested in forming alliances with sponsors to help support its program initiatives and increase its value proposition by introducing more multi-disciplinary speakers through events like the 3rd annual AIA Project Delivery Symposium that is going to be held at the AIA HQ in Washington, DC on March 9th and 10th.  This upcoming PD Symposium will help in addressing the emerging challenges facing project delivery today. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please reply to this message or contact Isabella Rosse at IsabellaRosse@aia.org. Thank you, Grace ...
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Did you win plenty of medals in your school time? Do you still win awards every year for the best performance? Do your children keep making you proud at sports and academics by winning awards? If all of this is yes, then you must display all the awards. It is not everyone who gets to score an award so celebrate your loved ones’ victories, best performances, and intelligent brains by showing off the awards in your home. Well, usually people keep the trophies in their living rooms along with their family heirlooms and other one of a kind decoration pieces but that is not true for every award holder. So many people have no idea how to display ...
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In recent months, the search for coloring pages for teenagers has reached new levels of popularity among adults, those who work directly with teenagers, and even teenagers themselves! Dr. Alice Domar, a psychologist , has recently exposed the fact that coloring has the unique ability to actively involve both sides of a person's brain. As a result, it is possible to be totally absorbed in the activity.  Teenagers are constantly bombarded with a variety of stressors. Examples include emotional stress, peer pressure, preparations for adulthood and academics. Coloring offers teenagers the ability to get away from these stressors and discover a completely new ...
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Winter is known as one of the best times to visit because the snow makes the city even more breath-taking. For those willing to look beyond the cold, an exciting outdoor adventure awaits you. You can choose from many great adventures like skating and sledding. If you want to escape the winter chill you can visit an indoor winter garden or you can even choose to see a play or have dinner at a fancy restaurant.  You can even enjoy Chicago transportation services in the city when you plan your trip. These services make it convenient for you to get everything done and takes the stress out of travelling to your destination.  Things to do in Winter ...
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Acquiring a new home comes with so much joy than you can contain. The excitement will prompt you into making everything perfect and well organized. While making all the necessary preparation, there is a high probability that you will be left out. Have you found yourself in the same shoes and you still want something perfect for your small house? Right here, we will be sharing garage ideas for small houses. From this, you will be able to make a choice and get your garage fixed. Detached Garages This is the best available option for small houses. Detached garages are easy to fix without anyone even noticing that it was built separately from ...
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A brand-new decade is on, and in terms of design, it means new trends. Maybe you are in love with your previous decade, and you want everything to stay as it is, and that's fine.  However, if you are searching for something different, and you are on the mission of setting and reaching new goals, then you should check below the top five interior design predictions for 2020 and beyond.  Minimalist Design No More The truth is that the entire 2019 was about 'less is more' philosophy. However, that's about to scale up in 2020 and beyond, but in the opposite direction. That's right - 2020 will be about big things, big details, and big furniture items. ...
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